Video: How to tape your handlebar fast

This AG2R team mechanic does a very neat job in under two minutes

Professionals usually make things look easy, and that certainly applies to this AG2R La Mondiale team mechanic and his handlebar taping skills.

As we’ve discovered when we’ve run similar videos in the past, there’s no such thing as a standard way of taping your handlebar.

Some people wrap the tape from outside to in over the top of the handlebar, others do the opposite; some people criss-cross around the shifters, others don’t bother; some people use short lengths of bar tape to cover the shifter clamps, others don’t feel the need… 

Then you’ve got people who prefer a second layer of handlebar tape and there are even crazy mavericks who start at the centre and work to the ends of the handlebar rather than vice versa. Those people are out of control. 

Anyhow, this team mechanic has his system down pat and he gets an ultra-neat finish in the time it takes most of us to find a pair of scissors.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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